MPAA’s Bizarre Copyright Logic

MPAA’s legal counsel must really hate their jobs. How much bullshit can you squeeze out of an orange?

When you think about it, this is really quite crazy. They’re saying because they offer you an option to pay for a way too expensive, very limited option that might not really exist, you shouldn’t have the right to rip your DVDs. This would be like the recording industry claiming you can no longer rip CDs because they offer a limited locked down selection of music in an online store. People would revolt at such a claim, and they should find the MPAA’s ridiculous claims here equally as revolting.

If the MPAA stopped there, it would be crazy enough… but no, in the mind of Hollywood, they have to take it even further. They claim that because the ability to rip your DVD might take away their ability to keep charging you for the same content over and over again, that it goes against the purpose of copyright law. Seriously. They’re actually claiming that their ridiculous “windows” are “new business models” that copyright law is designed to encourage:


Babysitting While [Insert Race Here]

Feel free to take whatever lesson you’d like from the fact that a white man walking with his black granddaughter today is grounds for suspicion and a serious police response.

She told me to take my hand out of my pocket and to step away from Ty, declaring that someone had seen a white man chasing a black girl and reported a possible kidnapping. Then she began asking the five-year old about me. The last time this happened, Ty was barely two, and I wasn’t about to let police question her. This time, though, at least initially, I decided to let her answer. “Do you know this man?” the deputy asked. “Yes,” Ty mumbled shyly, “he’s my Grandpa.” The deputy couldn’t understand her (though I did) and moved closer, hovering over the child slightly, repeating the question. Ty mumbled the same response, this time louder, but muffled through a burgeoning sob that threatened to break out in lieu of an answer.

Update: It looks like the details may have been miscommunicated.

Film The Police

It is difficult to watch this video without cringing, but it carries with it an important message. It is imperative that those entrusted with power are capable of surviving the public eye when their actions are brought to light. As they say, if you have nothing to hide what’s the problem, right?


Prohibition Agent #1

One topic I might be interested in exploring further at a later date is just how the hell did Prohibition ever come to be passed. It seems absurd to me that Americans for the most part were willing to give up the hooch entirely. Perhaps in the future we might look into the War on Drugs in the same light. Anyways, here’s how one agent enforced the law and imprisoned people for alcohol:

When they heard about a Harlem speakeasy at 132nd Street and Lenox Avenue, in the heart of New York City’s “Black Belt,” they knew that any white costumer would have little chance of being served. So Izzy and Moe would apply blackface and drop in from time to time to get a feel for the place, learning its unstated rules and specific jargon: a “can of beans” was code for a half pint of whiskey, and “tomatoes” meant gin. On their last visit they brought a warrant and a truck, confiscating 15-gallon kegs of “beans” and 100 small bottles of “tomatoes” hidden in a pickle barrel.

Sheep as Social Commentary

I’m sure there’s some great social commentary to be derived from this:

From the always great Animals Being Dicks.

A New Way to Evaluate Transit

Currently, DDOT evaluates mass transit projects based on how much time they reduce a given commute. The problem with such a narrow statistic is that it overlooks certain quality of life aspects that may be more valuable such as walkability. The new proposed regulation will seek to compare the overall cost of the project against how many people actually use the thing:

Local subway trains through Manhattan are not a particularly fast way to move, but we know they’re valuable because they’re full of people. Judging benefits primarily in terms of ridership aligns the incentives with the most important goals of a transit system: creating dense, high-value neighborhoods near the stations that facilitate the benefits of urban living and reduce the need for suburbs to sprawl endlessly away from the city center.

The Human Speed Camera

Holy hell this is funny: